ModNation Monday: Creator Spotlight, Monday Race

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ModNation Monday: Creator Spotlight, Monday Race


“I have one speed. I have one gear. Go.”
“I’m on a quest to claim absolute victory.”
“We’re starting to win.”
“I don’t have burn out in my gear box.”
“Surprise. That’s what winners do.”

Sounds like SOMEbody needs to get his MNR on! The ModNation family accepts everyone so “Get over here and enjoy the ride, bro.”

Let The “Palooza” Continue
Last week we mentioned we’d be bringing you some fun new stuff to do in the ModNation community and here are a few more …

  • Monday, March 14th: ModNation Monday Race (sign up here)
  • Thursday, March 17th: ModNation Fun Races. No pressure here. Just some of the community players coming together for some casual racing. It’s a lot of fun! I know, I have been racing with them the past few weeks. Great group! (sign up here)

This week we will begin regularly be posting the previous weeks racing results as well as Creation XP points on Facebook for all to see. Remember to check this ModNation Monday blog as well as our ModNation Facebook page for details on ALL upcoming events.

ModNation Player Profile: atheistsw


This issue we start a new feature to highlight dedicated members of the ModNation Community. These profiles will feature both top creators as well as MNR’s top racers. We hope you enjoy reading about some of the best at their “craft” (it is a craft!).

This week we spotlight one of ModNation Racers’ most prolific track creators, PSN ID atheistsw.

atheistsw has the distinction of the most creations being chosen as MNR “Track of the Week.” His tracks have been seen in Hot Lap and Top Tracks in the ModSpot over a dozen times!. We know you will learn something from atheistsw, we did! Here’s a sample of some Q&A with one of our most esteemed creators:

Q: What inspires you?
I tend to get inspired by real life locations, things I see on TV/films and photographs. A lot of my tracks tend to be real-world in style which means I’m always trying to add little details to help make things look more realistic.

Q: Who are your favorite creators and creations? (Tracks, Mods, Karts)
prob_alex and Laidbackcat are not only great creators, but have become very good friends as well. prob_alex in particular has pretty much become a sculptor on this game, some of his creations are nothing short of artistic masterpieces, the way he uses the bog-standard rocks and…

To read more about athiestsw, head over to the MNR Community Forums here.

Progressive Insurance Contest
Don’t forget that Progressive Insurance recently sponsored a free Parts Pack download and you can use these parts to build a track and enter the “Progressive ModNation Gran Prix” contest for a chance to win a 46” Sony Bravia 3D HDTV or PlayStation Move Sports Champions bundle. Here’s how to enter…

Upcoming DLC: Papercut (bandages not included)


Tuesday, March 15th you can buy the Papercut mod for $.99, the kart for $.99 or both for only $1.75 in the PlayStation Store. Don’t let his comical demeanor distract you. Behind those “old school” 3-D glasses and silly hat is a mad man ready to bring it. He might “cut the corners” (sigh) and he will “cut you off” (ugh) to find every (yes, you guessed it) “shortcut” (boo) on his way to victory. Sorry for the bad puns, I was always known as the class “cut-up” clown. Parts Included are:

3D (Glasses)
Paper Hat
Biffpow (Skin)

Origami (Body)
Recycle (Wheels)
Box Cutter (Accessory)
Ruler (Accessory)

“Mark, Just Who Do You Think You Are?”

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That sounds like a prelude to a throw-down but it’s not. I’m having a MNR identity crisis. I am sooooo busy playing MNR lately that I haven’t had the time to create a “me” mod (giggle). Would you do it for me?

I will post your creations over time on our Facebook page and ultimately choose the perfect “me” (giggle). This way you’ll know what I “look” like and who knows, maybe you’ll find me in the ModSpot for a race. Hmmmm… sounds like some sort of challenge! Submit your “me” (chuckle) mod here.

Jump on over to the forums for the 10 attributes people use to describe me. Use one, none, all ten whatever… it doesn’t matter. I’m obviously in major need of attention.

Need More Shiny Things
If you are interested in submitting your mod, kart or track for consideration as “Creation of the Week”, please visit us on the official ModNation Community site and who knows?, you might see your hard work on the PlayStation ModNation Monday blog or in-game on the Hot Lap section of the Modspot. You never know what “catches our fancy”.


Shofuso Tea Garden by atheistsw


atheistsw says: This was suggested to me as a track idea by long-time race fan (and Philadelphia resident) PSN ID: DeathsMom a while back and I’ve finally decided to turn it into a track! Race through this picturesque Japanese Garden complex which makes up just a small part of the vast park network of the city. This one’s for you Mom.

Mark: Many people ask me what I look for in choosing a “Hot Lap” or Track of the Week” and until now I have not really qualified my criteria. I would have to say that I love tracks that take me somewhere. A place I never been or a place I’d like to see. It HAS to be designed well, have good race lines, be fun and offer something that hasn’t been brought up time after time. Not to say a new take on an old idea doesn’t work, I just need to feel compelled to see it. Though many recent tracks have involved amazing and mysterious design elements, they are not enough on their own to take the prize. atheistsw seems to consistently design tracks incorporating all or most of the aforementioned elements in his tracks. At one point near the far end of the track sits a house under shade trees right in the middle of a major turn. I found myself thinking “shhh, be quite” when drifting past this corner. Now I may have “lost it” along the way somewhere but when I play a good track I imagine being there and those type of moments catch me. Put many of those moments in your track and you have my attention, better yet you have my imagination. On the other hand… surprise me! ☺

Hot Lap Tracks of the Week
Monday: Shofuso Tea Garden by atheistsw
Tuesday: Alphorma by Adie23
Wednesday: Eruption Junction by Coty4803
Thursday: Floral Valley Fortress by Obiks
Friday: Sky City Infinity by atheistsw
Saturday: The Lost City of Atlantis by mytck (chosen by
Sunday: Wild Wild West by CIV_B0SS (chosen by

We present the winner of the first ever ONTD*! Award


Mod Name: Motorcycle Head (Red)
Kart Name: Motorcycle Body
Creator: Shelbot3001

The first thing I said to myself (outloud) was “Dude made a motorcycle. Dude. Made. A. Motorcycle!”

… oh yeah, the Motorcycle Head mod comes in designer colors for your motoring pleasure. Sick!

So to close we offer you an MNR haiku in honor of atheistsw’s Japanese Garden track…

Honor in racing
Feel the pain of my weapon
The dust in your face

Deep stuff. Let it soak in.

Have a great week,


* “Oh no they didn’t!”

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21 Author Replies

  • “Duh, WINNING!” – Charlie Sheen. LMAO!!

  • Best Headline ever.

  • Defeat is NOT an option!!

  • Why did you change the Headline? Fire the troll that did that!!

    Signed Master Warlock

  • 430 wins? That’s like 6 hours worth of load screens!

  • Hey mark,

    I just want to say that not all of the hotlap tracks lately have been stellar to race. Although most have been awesome, some lack “raceability” the track itself is rough and hard to race. Theres areas where you can get caught up in and stopped, or tracks that don’t flow too well in terms of the road itself. I’m just hoping these weekend tracks are still play tested to ensure that they are worthy of being a hotlap track.

    • Good feedback. To clarify is it mostly the weekend tracks? We are trying to get input from the community on tracks by people other than myself and I place those tracks on weekend hot laps. I race test every track submitted but some weeks the submissions may not all be A+, but I will not post anything that lacks quality in racing, design, etc… Thanks for the input!

  • How many entries can we submit for the contest Mark?

    • Hi grey_jeepI,

      hmmmmmm… I guess as many as you would like but I would spread them out over the weeks. Your tracks are great so don’t rush them. Keep up the great work!

  • Cool, new design of the blog, innovation rocks!

    LOL, we want us to “create you” Mark? XD… well maybe I’ll enter there… I read the description of yourself.. we need more!! hair color at least XD

    Congrats to atheistsw ! he really deserves a public mention here…

    Keep the good work coming up guys, I need to get out of Gran Turismo for a while :P

    • yuck!…

      if I gave you a description of what I look like we would probably have to ban it from the game!

  • yuck!…

    if I gave you a description of what I look like we would probably have to ban it from the game!

  • When are Flaming Jumps, Boardwalk, and Drift Paradise being returned to the XP Series lineup?

    Why does the Seaside theme in the Track Studio eat up so much track budget while the others don’t use anywhere near as much?

    Why do low suspension kart bodies snag on certain props and surfaces such as wooden bridges?

    Why hasn’t there been a Skill Rating Decay system implemented on the leaderboards so people who don’t play anymore can move out of the way for more active racers?

  • Great so the track finalist are going to be chosen by community rating? Hello, boosters! You’re going to end up with 10 oval tracks.

  • Wow, TOTW and another Hotlap with one of my most complex tracks in a long while? :D You really are spoiling me Mark, but thanks for the kind words about Shofuso Tea Garden, I absoultely love creating lush environments using the foilage and greenery props you’ve given us and couldn’t resist making a track based on this once I saw the real-life pictures from the park in Philly!

    Still, I was very suprised when I came on today and saw my track up there on hotlap, I hadn’t even submitted it via the thread! :D

  • “Why does the Seaside theme in the Track Studio eat up so much track budget while the others don’t use anywhere near as much?”

    I noticed this long ago, I can use 80-100 unique props with the alpine or desert as the primary theme, chosen from 3 theme sets, but with the seaside as the primary I can only use about 65-70, unless I’m only using smaller props. Not only that, but the track budget reachs the end quicker and the more track budget you have used the worse the “pop-up” effect as the game renders objects will be. :(

  • Yeah Mark, at your reply to comment 6, the weekend hot laps have been lacking quality. I’d say that Saturdays track, Arctic Meltdown, was probably one of the worst hot laps we’ve had on there. I’m not sure who you’re asking in the community to pick these weekend hot laps, but there is an endless amount of better tracks you can be running.

    You have been doing a stellar job with this game since you have taken over Mark, just keep up the good work!

  • Is there a limit on the number of tracks we can submit to the progressive contest?

    And WOW!! Shelbot3001. I rarely look at mods and karts, but yours is amazing!

    Congrats AtheistSW! You deserve it.

  • Agreed with #14. I tried out that Arctic Meltdown track, and have to say I would have rather Hot Lap’d Mod Circuit.

  • Regarding the track boosting:

    There are groups of people who vote for each other and make multiple PSN IDs to vote for themselves to boost their track ratings. So there are concerns by many of us for the Progressive contest that this will take place and the final ten tracks will not be there because they are well made.

    • OK. I see. We don’t have any input on the chosen tracks or how they are chosen other than what is in the contest rules / announcement. I will relate your concern to the people that may be able to answer this. If I hear anything soon I’ll let you know.

  • @11

    Agreed. If the winner is picked by the amount of downloads/ratings then the D4D gangs & boosters will have a big say on who the winner is.

    And mark, about the Papercut DLC. “Recycle (Wheels)” I guess thats meant to be “Recycle (Steering Wheel)” as we already have the kart wheels in the picture?

    Maybe other people could give their feedback on this idea : Change the XP system so if you “DNF” you get NO XP? Would do away with the sleepers in the XP rooms.

  • @moriarty1975

    Your idea would also discourage real racers that are just beginning to get their feet wet n the XP race arena. Most of the good racers can DNF people that are actually trying.

    And thanks apricot and moriarty for explaining the boosting worries. Basically it’s the way people get Top Mods/Karts. Now they’ll do it for a chance at a HD TV.

  • @19

    Must be someway of getting rid of the sleepers? Auto kick if inactive for longer then 2-3 mins maybe?

  • Kicking for inactivity is an ok idea but then what do you do about the ones that just tape down the R2 button. It’s been a problem since day one and I don’t see it changing. It would be nice if UFG came up with a solution though I’m not sure how high on the list it is.

  • @21

    Yeah, I guess if they could do anything about it they would have done it by now.

  • Why is the TOP TRACKS event still set to Rookie speed setting?

  • @ people who make id’s for the purpose of boosting … The PS3 has a LIFETIME limit of 64 PSN id’s which can be associated to it . the limit is never recovered , even if you delete the associated local id , your limit allows goes down with each new id associated to it .

  • “Long Time Listener/First Time Caller”

    I’ve been playing this game ever since it released. It’s the ONLY game I can get my girlfriend to play, and she actually loves it (even though she refuses to drift).

    That being said, I have some questions/comments

    1. Why can’t we create a series event for offline split screen? I play all the time with my girlfriend, but it’d be great if we could create a 3/4 race series ahead of time. It would save a lot of time.

    2. Why can’t we level up when we play splitscreen online? Just from playing alone I’m level 15, but I know if the split screen races counted I’d probably have maxxed out lol

    3. In LittleBigPlanet 2 there’s a section called ‘MM Picks’ for a lot of the community levels they’ve played and recommended. It’s a great way to play some of the better levels that aren’t just popular for being Trophy boosted or Mario Kart style. This could be a great idea for a future patch, or MNR2 if that ever happens. Until then, is there a list you guys have compiled of some of the better community created tracks?

    Keep up the great work boys,,, from one Canadian to another

    • ok. First off you had me at hello (first time / long time) lol

      I’ll ask around on those first two ?’s. If I hear anything I will let you know

      As far as tracks go have you already tried searching by downloads or star ratings? Also every ModNation Monday we choose 5 tracks that are submitted to us as Hot Lap tracks. We play test those and only present the best ones every week. Those are usually a good indicator of a great track (we hope!).

      Good day eh!

  • Hi ;)

    Sorry but i’m a little bit confused for your “Create Me contest” you post on the European Playstation Forum and here it’s the US Playstation Blog … Can you explain who can entry please and why you post for two differents country :/
    Thanks ;)

    • Hi,

      Anyone can submit a mod(S). As far as posting we seem to have players that uses different forums so I wanted to place it in both.

      Hope that helps!

      Are you going to make one?

  • Make PaperCut FREE!
    please please please please!

  • Just one question, is it possible that my Climb of the Ninja track, will ever show up here?

  • im glad modnation was finally added to the greatest hits i’ll be grabbing this when i buy a new ps3

  • For some reason I have the urge to buy some insurance

  • People who get to level 30, and also platinum the game should get a couple of extras.

    Like level 30 should get a pack of exclusive mod and kart parts. As we all know, this is one of the hardest campaigns around!

    And platinum should get a diff colored rank icon, like a SHINY, BRIGHT, GLOWING, PLATINUM icon (clever, I know). So that way everyone in ModSpot can see that your a top player. I want to be able to show off my platinum, LOL.

  • Sounds good mark, looking forward to the community vote for hotlap tracks!

    Also can we expect to see a new player profile every week?

  • dont ban me bro

  • Also Mark, when is our XP Race and Series update coming to bring back Boardwalk, Flaming Jumps, and Drift Paradise? Sure it’s only 3 tracks missing but it messes up the order of all of the other XP Series playlists that originally had these tracks in. It would definitely help in getting a little more variety in those XP races and series.

  • Hey waht about that “Arctic Chicken” mod that was in the old “behind the scenes of dlc trailer” last year?

  • Mark is their any way we can get a patch for Universal XMB Invites, to enable friends to join our games easier. Its a feature thats starting to make its way into almost all PS3 games. I would love to see one of my favorite racing games use the latest available PS3 resources.


    p.s. if not this time, maybe the next title from UFG. (cough cough MNR 2)

    • Hi,

      Thats a good question. it may be too late but I’ll find out. If there is anything to report, I’ll let you know.

  • When are Flaming Jumps, Boardwalk, and Drift Paradise being returned to the XP Series lineup?

  • Uncharted 3 is right around the corner so that 3D tv would be awesome!!!!!!!!!!! I have been Uncharted 2 online now non stop but I guess I’ll have to put it down for a while and create an awesome progressive track. The PS3 will be nice but I’ll probably sell it or give it away and keep the motion controller because I already have the move. But yeah I realllllllllllllllllllllllllllly want that 3Dtv!!! I don’t have killzone 3 but I will buy it if I win!!!!!!

  • Will you guys do anything pertaining to Mortal Kombat?

  • Yeah i make your personal Mod actually …. It’s make me so Happy :D

  • Can we PLEASE have the speed changed on the Top Tracks race series, I’d actually play it (as would many others) if the speed was set to “PRO” or “ELITE” but “ROOKIE” is just too damn slow! :(

  • Can we get some more street racing type karts? Another career extension please!!! Doesn’t have to be theme related. Perhaps another boss challenges us or something. Just please add one more grand prix (tour).

  • @ 39 – ive got a track on the way for moral kombat :)

  • @42

    Also, more artist spotlights from fellow game developers please

  • @44 Thanks.

    @43 ooo let me know when completed. Just send me a message on the ps3 ( shredder110 ) so I can check it out

  • I really think the speed setting needs to be changed on top tracks… not only is it too slow. but many many creators build and create tracks for elite speed.. this means the red jump with the white arrows is normally set to jump over a certain distance… this means you will only make that jump at elite speed.. with rookie you will just fall down the hole.

  • I got a question about purchased dlc. Items that were once remixable can no longer be remixed. Is this a glitch, a change in policy or what ? BTW : GREAT GAME !!!

  • Oookay, so something REALLY has to be done about all the thieves on this game, particularly those that are boosting STOLEN STUFF to get onto the podiums. Take a look at the top mods/kart right now, it’s pathetic! There’s a boosted AND stolen Kratos, a boosted AND stolen Ectomobile from Ghostbusters plus a really poor black ferrari with helmet (not stolen, just very poor and obvious D4D fodder). If you look at the stats and see for the last few days you will see that TheBigDaddy is boosting a whole ton of mods and karts that aren’t his own! Is this fair, particularly on the people who’s stuff they’ve stolen who get NO XP from this? Actually, I’ve started reporting all the stolen mods and karts that I stumble upon (and the tracks, one guy posted up a re-published version of a track that was on hotlpa THE ENTIRE WEEKEND just a month ago. Have these losers no shame? Please UFG, control this epidemic somehow so the legitimate creators can get the exposure they deserve and the boosters and thieves can get what they deserve; NOTHING!

  • Thanks Mark, it’s worth mentioning that tracks that have the original creators as puppethand666 or yika_mnr are exempt from this as they are the tracks that use the infamous “tilt glitch” that allows prob_alex et al to create those amazing sculptures, so please don’t penalise them, just the blatant thieves :)

  • @49

    When I played on Modcoaster in an action race, and noticed there were no item pods. I added pods in a remix and published it. Would this be an example of what you are talking about? I didn’t realize until later that there are many such Modcoasters.

    I typically take a track (made by someone else) that’s inspired by another game and tweak it to make it more accurate. I publish it to make it available to friends, is this another example?

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